In a world where four-wheelers all look a bit the same, one species stands out and delivers unique thrills. The 2011 Polaris Ranger XP 800
fits that bill. Designed for work and
play, this side-by-side utility vehicle paves the way to a whole new realm of excitements and possibilities.
Fun times on the job
|Similar to a 4x4 pickup truck, the Ranger XP 800 will turn your toughest jobs at the farm or the cottage into child's play. (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/Moto123.com)
I've got to say I was a tad reluctant to make the transition from two wheels to four, and from a pair of handlebars to a classic steering wheel. Yet, it only took me a couple of minutes to enjoy and understand all the fun that this type of machine can provide. The Ranger XP 800 is a sport-oriented utility vehicle, meaning that it can tow, pull, haul, and access the most difficult terrains just like other utility vehicles while making the driving experience both pleasant and comfortable.
Similar to a 4x4 pickup truck, the Ranger XP 800 will turn your toughest jobs at the farm or the cottage into child's play. It really makes working fun, no matter what you're towing, hauling, or crossing.
Design and equipment
Overall, the lines embody typical Polaris styling. The large tubular roll bars provide safety and confidence while making the XP 800 feel sporty a la
RZR. The pallet-size rear dump box, sturdy bumpers, generous ground clearance, and commanding size together show just how seriously this beast can handle heavy work and off-road duties.
The cabin may look clean and understated, but you'll find everything you need: a comprehensive instrument panel, keyed ignition, gear shifter, hand brake, glove box, cup holders, 12V outlet, headlight switches, and on-demand AWD with locking differential. Of course, don't forget the plethora of optional accessories from the Polaris catalogue.
The 2011 Polaris Ranger XP 800 produces 50 hp on the strength of a liquid-cooled twin-cylinder derived from the brand's Sportsman ATV lineup. Camshafts and engine maps have been revised and improved to deliver more power and torque.
The result is a high-performing side-by-side that excels under acceleration at any revs. Its light weight of 1,239 lbs (562 kg) and competent CVT sure help as well.
|The 2011 Polaris Ranger XP 800 produces 50 hp on the strength of a liquid-cooled twin-cylinder derived from the brand's Sportsman ATV lineup. (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/Moto123.com)